Blogs


What is a blog?
Excerpted from Wordpress Introduction to Blogging: http://codex.wordpress.org/Introduction_to_Blogging

"Blog" is an abbreviated version of "weblog," which is a term used to describe web sites that maintain an ongoing chronicle of information. A blog is a frequently updated website featuring diary-type commentary and links to articles or other Web sites. Blogs range from the personal to the political, and can focus on one narrow subject or a whole range of subjects.
Many blogs focus on a particular topic, such as web design, politics, sports, or mobile technology. Some are more eclectic, presenting links to all manner of other sites. And others are more like personal journals, presenting the author's daily life and thoughts.
Generally speaking (though there are exceptions), blogs tend to have a few things in common:
  • A main content area with articles listed chronologically, newest on top. Often, the articles are organized into categories.
  • An archive of older articles.
  • A way for people to leave comments about the articles.
  • A list of links to other related sites, sometimes called a "blogroll."
  • One or more "feeds" like RSS, Atom or RDF files.

Blogging Resources

Recommended Edublog Hosting Sites
  • Edublogs - http://edublogs.org/
    Ad-free blogs for teachers. Full-featured, customizable Wordpress blogs.
  • Learnerblogs - http://learnerblogs.org/
    Companion site to edublogs offers full-featured Wordpress blogs for K-12 students.
  • Class Blogmeister - http://classblogmeister.com/
    "This online blogging tool is explicitly designed with teachers and students in mind, where the teacher can evaluate, comment on, and finally publish students' blog articles in a controlled environment."

K-12 Blog Examples